Ascension: Storm of Souls – A Gamey Proposal

Many guys will describe themselves as non-artistic or uncreative, but these men fail to realize that at least one important life moment presents an unparalleled opportunity for creativity and individuality. Boy takes girl to a scary movie to give her a great excuse to jump into his arms; however, the boy also enjoys seeing the reaction. Guys play tricks all the time on their mate because they want to see the shock and awe and spender of surprising him or her. Positive emotion always trumps negative emotion, and the best creative surprise that will guarantee an emotional reaction is proposing to your partner. Regardless of the style of the proposal, everyone can recognize a good one. It takes careful planning. It takes intimacy.

It takes help.

Alan reached out to Gary Games to make his creative personalized proposal possible, and they delivered in spectacular fashion by creating an original card for the occasion. Check out the video of the proposal.

 

 

I want to thank Justin Gary, Eric Sabre, Ryan O’Connor, Shari Lesser, and everyone at Gary Games for their contribution to this beautiful moment. Let’s not forget to thank Alan and Crystol for sharing this moment with us as well. Best of luck to both of them, but I’m sure they won’t need it. 🙂

Additional Information

For more information about Storm of Souls, check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
If you live in the tri-state area, consider stopping by AU to pick up a copy and play with just about anyone. Many gamers know how to play this game and enjoy playing with anyone.

WBC Coverage: Dominion Finals with Randy Buehler

By Brian Durkin

If someone wagered with another spectator over who would win the Dominion Championship, that person better hope they did not bet with someone from the MTG community. Those players know Mr. Buehler is a force to be reckoned with. Skipping a finals for another board game, Magic: the Gathering Hall of Famer Randy Buehler wins the Dominion Championship at the 2011 World Boardgaming Championship. Check out the video below to see how he overcame the competition, which included Dominion Strategy Founder Edward Fu.

 

 

Additional Information

Interested in the World Boardgaming Championship? Check out the link.
For more information about Dominion check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
Or check out Edward Fu’s site: Dominion Strategy
If you live in the tri-state area, consider the following stores to pick up a copy and or play with local players.

WBC Coverage: Dominion Semifinals

By Brian Durkin

Some say that second place is the first loser. Not in my book. Laura Dewalt doesn’t believe in that saying either. Extremely proud and happy with her accomplishment in the Dominion Tournament at the World Boardgaming Championship, Laura sits down with me to discuss her strategies in the final two rounds of the event. By the way, the finals are stacked: An avid board gamer who’s attended the WBC since the beginning (quite an exclusive club of approximately ten or twenty members), Edward Fu (yeah he’s the guy who runs http://dominionstrategy.com/), and Randy Buehler (Magic: the Gathering Hall of Famer who skipped a finals for another game to keep playing Dominion). Laura had no problem killing most of this tough crowd. She what she had to say about her strategies for playing Dominion in the video below.

 

Additional Information

Interested in the World Boardgaming Championship? Check out the link.
For more information about Dominion check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
Or check out Edward Fu’s site: Dominion Strategy
If you live in the tri-state area, consider the following stores to pick up a copy and or play with local players.

WBC Coverage: Race for the Galaxy Semifinals

Forget about the Great Eight. The Race for the Galaxy tournament at the World Boardgaming Championship cuts to a final four from a sweet (and skilled) top sixteen. Arguably the best female Race for the Galaxy player, Pei-Hsin Lin needs to win this game in order to advance to another final table.  Brian sits down with her to discuss how she approaches the game and why she chose to play the cards see did. Check out the interview and highlights of the game below.

 

Would you call Develop and assume another player would call Settle on the last turn? Would you consider calling Settle in hopes that another player allows you to play Galactic Federation?

Let us know what you think.

Additional Information

Interested in the World Boardgaming Championship? Check out the link.
For more information about Race for the Galaxy check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
Or check out Robert Renaud’s site: RFTG Stats.com
Interested in purchasing a copy of Race for the Galaxy? Try the following links.
 
If you live in the tri-state area, consider the following stores to pick up a copy and or play with local players.

WBC Coverage: Race for the Galaxy Quarterfinals

You need to play with the best in order to be the best. J.R. Geronimo does that on a daily basis. A friend of Robert Renaud, Geronimo plays a lot of Race for the Galaxy. He put up good showings in past tournaments. How did he do this year? Check out the highlights of his quarterfinal match below. Brian Durkin sits down with J.R. and they discuss his approach to the game and his thoughts on this match. Enjoy.

How do you feel about blind trades? Do you like taking the risk or do you find yourself playing more risk adverse?

Let us know what you think.

 

Additional Information

Interested in the World Boardgaming Championship? Check out the link.
For more information about Race for the Galaxy check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
Or check out Robert Renaud’s site: RFTG Stats.com
Interested in purchasing a copy of Race for the Galaxy? Try the following links.
 
If you live in the tri-state area, consider the following stores to pick up a copy and or play with local players.

WBC Coverage: Race for the Galaxy Preliminary Round

Robert Renaud works for Google. In his twenty percent time he created RFTG stats.com, a site that data mines games of Race for the Galaxy. Prior to the site he used to keep track of powerful cards from playing with his friends. Did he spend his time well? Yes. This year marks the fourth year the World Boardgaming Championship will run a Race for the Galaxy tournament. So far Robert remains undefeated. Going for the four-pete, Brian Durkin sits down with Robert after his preliminary rounds. They talk about his games and how Robert approaches the game. Check out the video below to hear the interview and see clips of Robert’s matches.

Did you learn anything? Do you agree or disagree with Robert’s analysis of the game and playing in tournaments?

Let us know what you think.

Additional Information

Interested in the World Boardgaming Championship? Check out the link.
For more information about Race for the Galaxy check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
Interested in purchasing a copy of Race for the Galaxy? Try the following links.

If you live in the tri-state area, consider the following stores to pick up a copy and or play with local players.

WBC Coverage: 7 Wonders Finals

By Brian Durkin

And then there was six. One hundred and sixty four dreams crushed. Who will win? Chris Terrell, assistant game master for the event, felt like a good candidate. Check out his draft in the video below. Brian provides commentary to his picks. Afterwords Brian sits down with Chris as they discuss his strategies for playing 7 Wonders and how the game masters managed this new event.

Any picks you disagree with? Do you think Chris’s score came down to where he sat at the table?

Let us know what you think.

Additional Information

Interested in the World Boardgaming Championship? Check out the link.
For more information about 7 Wonders check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
Interested in purchasing a copy of 7 Wonders? Try the following links.
Amazon: 7 Wonders.
If you live in the tri-state area, consider stopping by AU to pick up a copy and play with the staff. They make up my play test group. We play usually every Monday Night.

WBC Coverage: 7 Wonders Semifinals

by Brian Durkin

Unless you make the final table, you can only hope to at least play to make the final table. Mindy Kyrkos sits in that seat. Although she would not mind smashing face in Puerto Rico, she wants to win the 7 Wonders tournament. On the verge of topping the first ever 7 Wonders tournament at the World Boardgaming Championship, watch as Mindy plays with Halicarnassus and battles against five other tough competitors.

Mindy made a great effort. I feel as though she just sat in the wrong seat. Two players across the table qualified with 68 and 67 points. Regardless of your chances of making the top six, would you have played her position any different? Do you agree with her picks and Brian’s commentary? If you disagree, please elaborate on what you would do different.

Let us know what you think.

Additional Information

Interested in the World Boardgaming Championship? Check out the link below.
For more information about 7 Wonders check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
Interested in purchasing a copy of 7 Wonders? Try the following links.
Amazon: 7 Wonders.
If you live in the tri-state area, consider stopping by AU to pick up a copy and play with the staff. They make up my play test group. We play usually every Monday Night.

WBC Coverage: 7 Wonders Quarterfinals

By Brian Durkin

In a previous post, Pat Coyle sat down with Brian to discuss 7 Wonders strategy. This time they take a look at one of Pat’s games, but not just any game. Competing in the World Boardgaming Championship, Pat plays side “B” of Babylon and attempts to place into the top 18. Check out his picks in the video below as Pat discusses his strategy for the event.

Do you like to dedicate a lot of picks to scientific structures? When playing Babylon do you try to take all three manufactured goods in order to set up a Chamber of Commerce? Do you agree or disagree with Pat’s picks or any of the commentary?

Let us know what you think.

Additional Information

Interested in the World Boardgaming Championship? Check out the link below.
For more information about 7 Wonders check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
Interested in purchasing a copy of 7 Wonders? Try the following links.
Amazon: 7 Wonders.
If you live in the tri-state area, consider stopping by AU to pick up a copy and play with the staff. They make up my play test group. We play usually every Monday Night.

WBC Coverage: 7 Wonders Preliminary Round Continued

By Brian Durkin

Lori Miskoff plays several board games. Last Thursday she decided to try her luck in the 7 Wonders tournament at the World Boardgaming Championship. Hope you bet the pass line with Lori as a shooter. She made it to the quarterfinals, beating out 128 other participants. In game one she won the table playing Olympia. Game two she needed to keep her lead with Ephesus. Check out how she did in the video below as Brian reviews her picks and interviews Lori about her play style.

Would you draft Ephesus the same way Lori did? What key picks do you agree or disagree with that Brian points out? Prepare yourself to argue. Lori still placed third  in the game covered, and won overall with a combined score against six other players. Do you think her conservative and diversified strategy will usually win games?

Let us know what you think.

Additional Information

Interested in the World Boardgaming Championship? Check out the link below.
For more information about 7 Wonders check the product page on BoardGameGeek.com.
Interested in purchasing a copy of 7 Wonders? Try the following links.
Amazon: 7 Wonders.
If you live in the tri-state area, consider stopping by AU to pick up a copy and play with the staff. They make up my play test group. We play usually every Monday Night.